Oakland Raiders: So What to Make of Moral Victories?

Mike WoodsCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  A mini biker helmet with a Oakland Raiders logo is seen on the handle bar of a motorcycle in the parking lot outside Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum prior to the Raiders playing against the San Diego Chargers against the Oakland Raiders on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

JaMarcus Russell is still inaccurate, The receivers are still learning, arguably the Raiders best offensive lineman, Robert Gallery, is out with a leg injury, but hey, a win is a win.

What is a moral victory anyway, who came up with that? Last time I checked, the only thing that mattered were wins and losses.

With a team still searching for its identity and confidence, any win is good, be it moral or immoral...okay, maybe not the latter but you get the point.

If anything positive can be taken away from this victory, its being able to shut the doubters up, at least for another week.

For JaMarcus, it's confidence that if he's struggling, collectively he still has a unit that will pick up the slack in the end. For the fans, no, you wont be this year's Detroit Lions.

Let's be honest, No one expects for this team to win by a huge margin, but rather compete each night at a high level.

If you expect that, you also are in the group of people who expect money to grow on trees and food to fall from the sky, "cloudy with a chance of meatballs" style.

We're realists, not to say that this team is incapable of such a victory, because when it all comes together the right way nothing is impossible, but take it one step at a time.

I'll tell you what I'll be watching for next game: will Russell learn from his mistakes, will the OL respond, will the defensive show up?

In the meantime, while analysts and reporters are busy picking apart the "subpar" showing, I'll have these questions in my head and crossing them off during the next outing.

So what to make of moral victories? Give me a moral victory any day of the week, and I'll give you a loyal fan who's proud of them.


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